Oops, for the first half of 2019 I’ve been forgetting to blog a lot. My apologies, but you know what? Sometimes life gets in the way, and it’s good to vary your focus and intensity. So to break me in gently, here is my review and progress on my 2019 goals. And here is the background to them: my 2019 goals.
And as a fast follower, I do have a stack of post ideas ready to write, a few monthly updates I’ve missed and some entries to add to my counting countries series. Not to mention updates on my dating adventures, travels and other fun things.
2019 Goals Progress: Starts again with the fun things
Yet More Travel
Goal: Visit six countries including two new countries.
Stretch Goal: Spend less than £1.5k on travel.
Update: There has been a lot of travel. Some planned, and even 2 new countries unplanned. I’ve been to Hungary, Spain, Moldova (a new country), France, Georgia (another new country), Armenia (yet another new country) and Spain again. So have exceeded that goal in the first half alone. Not to mention the planned trips to USA, Canada and Sweden to come later in the year.
On the stretch goal side, in review, this seems inversely correlated with the first goal. I can safely say I have blown this one for the year, already at £2.1k. Hopefully, I can keep it under £3k by the end of year. If not, not the end of the world, as travel is a value purchase for me.
Keep up the 汉语
Goal: Pass the first year of the Chinese Course.
Stretch Goal: Pass HSK4 Test.
Update: One of the many things that have been keeping me occupied and away from blogging, alongside the travel, is studying Chinese. After the indignity of exams, I am happy to report that I have passed my first year. Not amazingly, but as expected given my lack of superior linguistic skills. In short, I can read fine, write ok, listening is hard and speaking challenging!
As for my stretch goal, I’m on the fence about this. Going to study over the summer and see how I get on. I might do later this year, or I might postpone until 2020.
Goal: Keep volunteering on 2 boards and concentrate on adding value.
Update: Now chair of one board and treasurer of another. This is somewhere I really enjoy spending my time and I feel that I really am giving back and doing something worthwhile.
Goal: Run 2 marathons in the year.
Stretch Goal: Beat my PB in the marathon.
Update: One marathon is done, another pencilled in. But I have been getting slower, not faster, so will need to make an effort to get near that PB never mind beat it. So, putting more effort in is on the table here and my goal for the second half of 2019.
Goal: Blog at least once a week.
Stretch Goal: Blog twice each week.
Update: Failed. Yes, this one isn’t one where I have done well. But I’m going to use this halfway point to make a change and bring blogging back into focus. I do tend to have an addictive personality, so I’m hoping I can refocus on blogging later in the year.
2019 Goals Progress: The good habits
Goal: Keep in contract and bill as much as last year.
Update: Failed, taking a break at the moment and really don’t have the momentum to take any job. I’m enjoying summer and holding out for the right opportunity to come my way. In a month or so I’ll reevaluate this position.
Goal: Keep Spending under £24k.
Stretch Goal: Keep Spending under £22k.
Update: Not bad – currently standing just over the stretch goal. And it’s been a spendy first half of the year, so a few budget months may bring this number down – only time will tell.
Goal: Maintain non-pension and reduce pension contributions.
Update: Failed. But the reason is directly related to the working one, so I’m not too worried. On the plus side, I have successfully reduced my pension contributions.
2019 Goals Progress: The less good habits to rectify
Goal: Reduce excess weight and get back down to a good racing weight for marathons.
Update: Failed. Or to put it accurately, not really started. Another one for later in the year.
Goal: Read at least one book a week and keep notes of what I have read.
Update: Failed. Another one that I really should get round to.
Goal: Reduce web-browsing in evenings and weekends.
Update: Have improved, but maybe not enough? I can certainly do more, but I am now consciously wasting lost time rather than quality time where I could be doing something better.
Goal: Reduce dependence on external motivation.
Update: Not too bad. I still love the pressure of a big external deadline, but I am moving things along myself without them more and more now. And truth be told, I don’t think I will ever truly get away from this particular type of external motivation.
Goal: Make a real effort at dating and go on at least 24 dates / meet someone worth keeping around.
Update: Finally, after that run of excuses/promises to do better, one where I have met the goal. I am pleased to report all is going well in the love department and my cat has even reluctantly given his approval.
2019 Goals Mid Year Summary
And this is why I love to review early mid-year – half the year has gone, but I’ve still got half to go. While I am chuffed with what I have achieved, there are a few areas that I’ve taken my foot off the pedal. Now I do like to move the goalposts, but I’m actually quite happy this time keeping these goals until the end of the year. Not to mention, that this midyear check-in has highlighted what I’m doing awesome at, and other areas that deserve a little more focus, as they still mean a lot to me.
Over to you
- What are your thoughts?
- What are your goals for 2019?
- Do you review them mid-year?